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NCGal

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Tips for Baby Boomer Blogger?
« on: October 10, 2015, 03:47:25 PM »
Fellow Mustachians -

I haven't seen anything real recent on this topic, so here goes.  Do any of you bloggers have tips for beginners or specifically, beginners over age 50 who haven't grown up with social media and don't intend to be plugged in 24/7

My husband and I started a blog at: www.freedomisgroovy.com.   Itís primarily his baby. I plan to contribute around 10% of the content while concentrating on marketing. We would like to cultivate an audience and as a secondary goal, earn a little income to add to our buffer zone. 

Much of the advice I'm finding online and through listening to podcasts is geared towards young-ish bloggers seeking to replace or create a full time income. Advice leads to more advice, more plug-ins, additional tools - and a lot of up-sell.   Itís difficult to cut though the noise!

My husband set up a WordPress account, got approved for Google Adsense and became an Amazon affiliate.   We added analytics and SEO plug-ins, share buttons and set up a Twitter account. I also registered for several other analytic tools that Iím not sure what to do with, or whether I need to spend time on them at this early point.  I think the content is most important, and to that end we need to experiment with finding our voice, but I don't believe 'if you build it they will come".

I guess what Iím asking is, whatís the best use of an hour a day for maximizing a web site? What are the most important aspects of SEO to pay attention to? What are the things you wish you knew when you first started?

Many thanks to anyone who might share his or her wisdom.
 

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Re: Tips for Baby Boomer Blogger?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015, 08:21:07 AM »

My husband and I started a blog... We would like to cultivate an audience and as a secondary goal, earn a little income to add to our buffer zone... I think the content is most important, and to that end we need to experiment with finding our voice, but I don't believe 'if you build it they will come".

Well, you should believe it.  Or, at least, you should believe that CONTENT is the most important thing for you to focus on.  And the second most important.  And the third most important.

Other than that, you can expose potential visitors to your writing style and your thinking through consistent commenting in like-minded blogs and forums.  If readers of your comments like the taste, they may check you out.  And then -- you see -- it's up to your content whether they revisit you.

Good luck.

P.S. -- I also would not worry about marketing, etc until I had built up a book of at least 50 blog posts.

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Re: Tips for Baby Boomer Blogger?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2015, 10:43:24 AM »
I agree with "Retired to Win".   If you have an hour a day to spend on the blog, the most important thing to spend it on is content.  Content can be images, videos, text.    50 posts is probably a little extreme, but you need at least 10 or 20.  Keep in mind that it takes a while to develop your voice and figure out what you like writing about and how much of yourself you are comfortable sharing with the world.  The blog you start today may be a bit different than the blog you end up with a few years down the line. At least, that was my experience.

Try to connect with other like-minded bloggers and have fun.
Liz

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Re: Tips for Baby Boomer Blogger?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2015, 02:32:52 PM »
Interesting and helpful...Thank you Retired to Win and Liz. 'Like-minded' is the common denominator. And I certainly don't want to forget to have fun!